"Caring For Red" - Book Reading & Discussion With Mindy Fried

BWC's Aging in Community Committee is proud to host this event, featuring longtime BWC member and author Mindy Fried, who will read from her new book "Caring for Red: A Daughter's Memoir" and facilitate a discussion. 

Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir (Vanderbilt University Press, 2016) is Mindy Fried’s moving and colorful account about caring for her ninety-seven-year-old father, Manny – actor, writer, labor organizer, and survivor of political persecution during the McCarthy Era – in the final year of his life. Caring for Red brings a personal perspective and a “sociological eye” to caregiving, as it grapples with universal issues facing thousands of people today. As an ethnography, Caring for Red also provides important insights into the culture of assisted living, framing day-to-day life for her father and other residents within a larger sociopolitical context. 

"Raw and real. Anyone who has experienced caregiving can appreciate Mindy Fried's story. I was reminded of Roz Chast's Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? Both books help caregivers to feel less alone and to put the life course in perspective, and both Fried and Chast offer helpful advice along the way." ― Meika Loe, author of Aging Our Way: Lessons for Living from 85 and Beyond and The Rise of Viagra: How the Little Blue Pill Changed Sex in America

Mindy Fried, longtime BWC member, is a sociologist and Co-Principal of Arbor Consulting Partners. She is the author of Taking Time: Parental Leave Policy and Corporate Culture. She is co-founder of one of our favorite events, the JP PorchFest!